Three members of the RTPI were elected to the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences, the voice of the social sciences in the United Kingdom, last week. The election of these leading planners recognises the key role that planning plays within the social sciences.
The newly conferred Fellows of the Academy are:
- Dr Janice Morphet FRTPI, Visiting Professor in Planning, University College London. Professor Morphet is a leading figure in planning, both as a practitioner and as an academic researcher.
- Professor Mee Kam Ng MRTPI, Professor in of Geography and Resource Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Ng is internationally known for her research on planning policy and practices of Hong Kong and China. She also edits the RTPI’s Planning Theory and Practice Journal.
- Mitchell Silver HonRTPI, Commissioner, New York City Parks Department. Mitchell Silver is an inspirational city planner, thought leader and communicator.
- Chris Green MRTPI, Director of SQW Ltd. Chris Green is an international planning expert whose work has been highly influential in promoting the positive roles for planning in economic development, particularly in relation to the high-tech sector.
Stephen Wilkinson, RTPI Vice President said:
“I would like to extend my congratulations, on behalf of the Institute, to Janice, Mee Kam, Mitchell and Chris on being conferred Fellows of the prestigious Academy of Social Science for their outstanding contribution to planning. The election of these three distinguished planners reflects the strong contribution our members make to social sciences.”
These RTPI members have been recognised after an extensive process of peer review for the excellence and impact of their work for public benefit. These three members have made a substantial contribution to demonstrated and demonstrated leadership within the field.
The Academy of Social Sciences is the national academy of academics, learned societies and practitioners in the social sciences. Its mission is to promote social science in the UK for the public benefit. The Academy is composed of around 1000 individual Fellows, 41 Learned Societies (including the RTPI), and a number of affiliate members, together representing nearly 90,000 social scientists.